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3 Key dates for Rochdale next season

Before League one gets underway, I’ve picked 3 games that will be key for Rochdale.

Brian Barry-Murphy did a good job of keeping Rochdale up last season after a short period in charge. Now that he’s about to take them into a new season, fans are wondering how they will do. They managed a 15 place finish out of 24 clubs so they’ll be hoping to finish a little higher this season.

Now that the fixtures have been released, I have picked out some games that should be big for the Dale. Games they may be able to collect 3 points from and games that will be big at the time in the season.

Bolton Wanderers

Both meetings should be interesting for the team and fans and personally, as a Bolton fan, I think Rochdale will have the chance to take some points off us. We don’t even have a full squad right now, so imagine us trying to merge a squad together before the start of the season. The first meeting with Bolton is on the 19th of October.

Bury

Bury at home, 14th of December. This one should be a good match. As much as I feel for Bury and all the problems going on behind the scenes, this should be a good game for Rochdale as they could again gain some points and it’s a derby after all.

Lincoln City

Sunday the 3rd of May will see the season come to a close, so this match could be a match that determines Rochdale’s league fate. Personally, I’m hoping that Brian Barry-Murphy can do well for the club and not have a relegation battle on his hands. Somehow I think they’ll stay up because of the unfortunate situations, teams like Bury and Bolton are going to struggle even more.

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